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JonIrenicus
04-26-2009, 02:39 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/04/25/arts/AP-US-Obit-Arthur.html?_r=1&hp


these stories are always sad, and makes me think of John Updike's deathbed poem Requiem.

http://www.reuters.com/article/mediaNews/idUSN2934421320090129


It came to me the other day:

Were I to die, no one would say,

'Oh, what a shame! So young, so full

Of promise - depths unplumbable!

Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes

Will greet my overdue demise;

The wide response will be, I know,

'I thought he died a while ago.'

For life's a shabby subterfuge,

And death is real, and dark, and huge.

The shock of it will register

Nowhere but where it will occur.

graz
04-26-2009, 11:05 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/04/25/arts/AP-US-Obit-Arthur.html?_r=1&hp


these stories are always sad, and makes me think of John Updike's deathbed poem Requiem.

http://www.reuters.com/article/mediaNews/idUSN2934421320090129


It came to me the other day:

Were I to die, no one would say,

'Oh, what a shame! So young, so full

Of promise - depths unplumbable!

Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes

Will greet my overdue demise;

The wide response will be, I know,

'I thought he died a while ago.'

For life's a shabby subterfuge,

And death is real, and dark, and huge.

The shock of it will register

Nowhere but where it will occur.

I'm sorry for your loss.
That Golden Girl, Maude will be missed.
Contra Updike she is being celebrated by many like yourself who seem to have known her teevee persona well.

But maybe you are feeling your own mortality.
Fear not, for when you are gone, you will be lamented.

I will consider your passing as the loss of another video game player,
Who applied the logic of the pixels to reality.
I guess in the end it does not matter in terms of what should be done with him, much like a rabid dog, however he got that way, he needs to be put down.

they could seek out ANY Somali vessel not deemed a fishing ship and blow it out of the water, have an aerial blockade, stray too far, be destroyed.


Nice poem too.

nikkibong
04-26-2009, 01:09 PM
You're unrelenting, graz! :)

graz
04-26-2009, 01:52 PM
Good luck with Michelle.

JonIrenicus
04-26-2009, 02:17 PM
I'm sorry for your loss.
That Golden Girl, Maude will be missed.
Contra Updike she is being celebrated by many like yourself who seem to have known her teevee persona well.

But maybe you are feeling your own mortality.
Fear not, for when you are gone, you will be lamented.

I will consider your passing as the loss of another video game player,
Who applied the logic of the pixels to reality.



Nice poem too.

That was not from a game, more an analogy to old yeller.

You'd be surprised what you can find in a video game. Like this gem from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II

from Kreia the grey jedi after the protagonist (the player) gives credits to a beggar passing by. She chastises him, then later we get a cutscene where the same beggar gets jumped for his credits and killed.

Her lesson?

Be careful of charity and kindness, lest you do more harm with an open hand than a clenched fist.

graz
04-26-2009, 02:26 PM
Be careful of charity and kindness, lest you do more harm with an open hand than a clenched fist.

I'll give you that, under certain circumstances. But have you killed anybody in meatspace? It's not likely to be as easy as you project. Or as necessary. Consider the alternatives.